(c) Katrina Raymundo
"A task only takes as long as the time you allot for it" This photo was taken by Katrina Raymundo, posted on her internship blog. An inspiring quote that she stumbled upon while on her internship.
Katrina Raymundo, a graduate of UP Diliman BA Broadcast Communication batch 2010, is now in her internship in a GIP in Guelph, Ontario Canada! Her internship in Canada as a Communications Officer at the University of Guelph will last from April 2012 to March 2013! What a great year for GIP that is! Here is an excerpt from her internship blog:
Happy Monthsary Kay!
It’s been 4 weeks since I lived the Canadian dream, if such thing exists. And this weekend so far has got to be the best one, as I did so many new things. Well, the first month pretty much is spent doing new things and exploring the new home. But this weekend was just about spending it outside of my comfort zone.
Three things I did this weekend
1. Cook- For those who know me, I do not cook, AT ALL. Kay and the kitchen is like Nicholas Sarkozy and monogamy, they just don’t mesh well. To achieve this, I YouTubed a pesto pasta recipe, and surprisingly, it turned out to be “not bad.”
2. Went to a place where I did not know anyone- I mean, I went to a Russian Club of the University of Waterloo, with one of my co-interns. It was pretty hard to smile and look at people even though you didn’t understand what they were saying, but I got used to it. It was music night, and as “Music is a universal language” as one Ukranian guy said it, I just enjoyed the night! We went to a Russian war tank in Waterloo after leaving the party, and it was pretty overwhelming to be the only non-Russian on a Russian tank swamped with Russians and Ukranians.
Conversation on tank:
Guy: U speak Russian?
Guy: Why not?
K: I’m not Russian!
Guy: You will soon!
3. Went to the University Arboretum- It’s this place at the Univ which looks like a forest, and was really nice because it felt all nature-y and stuff. We just walked around, saw a snake (which I despised), and got out easily. I need to explore more so I can see more of the garden, especially the Japanese Garden.
So all in all, a good week among the other things I did and the new people I’ve met. A really remarkable thing about going on exchange/living/working abroad is that you get to meet people from all over, and just talking to all these new people from different countries gives you a new perspective. It really makes me appreciate how lucky I am to have this experience.
Her internship isn’t over yet! There are more interesting and exciting things is bound for her! Read more about her internship! Visit the blog she put up just for her internship :)
You can also live your dream in your dream country! Sign up for exchange now! or click ” Apply now” on our Applications sections! We’ll be waiting for you :)
Business Economics graduate and now in his first year Juris Doctor, Carlo Go went on an AIESEC exchange program in Taiwan. He was under AIESEC CTLC’s “Connect The World” where he taught to junior high and high school students about our country and other global issues. Read on, on his AIESEC experience and how he surprisingly experienced things he thought he wouldn’t.
Read his full testimonial on his experience here.
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They say inspiration is what fuels a person’s drive to reach his/her goals. AIESEC UPD’s INSPIRE aims to deliver inspiration, volunteerism and motivation to everyone. Check out what Donna Co learned from INSPIRE.
5 Things I’ve Learned from INSPIRE by Donna Co
1 | Walk the walk.
This is nothing new. I’m also pretty sure there’s a song somewhere with this lyric, but I never truly realized how much I don’t really act until I started working on INSPIRE. I consider advocacy work to be very important to me, but when it came to the nitty gritty and the numbers, it didn’t seem like it. But there are those who do walk the walk, and they’ve truly INSPIREd me to go and complete this project, and then do some more.
2 | Don’t just search for pleasure, search for meaning.
Let me be a bit “meta” for a while. Martin Seligman, the main proponent of Positive Psychology, found that the strongest correlate to a stable and sustainable happy life is to find meaning in it, and to serve a purpose higher than one’s own pleasure. I’m not saying don’t go and have fun, I’m saying that maybe we can look for purpose as well as have our fun. Or better yet, look for purpose while having fun.
3 | Do good works with good people
Isn’t everything better with friends? I honestly would not have gotten through this project without my team—my ever patient, hardworking and dedicated team. And I believe that volunteering follows the same principle. Look through the opportunities and see what you can do together. Not only do you do good, you’re with the greatest people in the world!
4 | Leave this earth better than when you found it
In my first year, first semester at UP Diliman, one of my professors said this quote that has stayed with me through the years: “Service is the price you pay for the space you occupy on this earth.” If we have the chance to change something, to make this world better for us, and the generations following us… Why not?
5 | INSPIRE others
Anyone who has had crammer’s—I mean, writer’s block for a paper knows the frustration of lacking inspiration. Inspiration is like a seed—it leads you to grow, and then mature. It also gives you the power to inspire someone else. And maybe that’s what we need, because intelligence, talent, and creativity—we all have that; maybe it’s a matter of being INSPIREd.
Sun’s up, school’s out and the distance is set! On April 1-4, 2012 comes a new road for a new age: the beginning of AIESEC PHILIPPINES 2012-2013, and you better not miss it. Here are 3 of the hundred reasons why you have to attend StratCon2012 this April 1-4
1. StratCon2012 itself
The National Strategic Conference, or StratCon, is a four-day event which serves as the fusion of the annual Development Conference and the National Transition Camp. It is attended by over a hundred delegates composed of the national and local committee heads and leaders—top AIESECers all around the country.
The National Strategic Conference provides the opportunity for AIESECers in the Philippines to plan and define their direction and strategies for the incoming term of 2012-2013. Delegates will have the chance to engage and participate in intense planning and learning sessions. The conference is also engineered to facilitate the transition of roles from the incumbent to the newly elected executive board members from the local and the national committee.
StratCon will also serve as the venue for the generation of new ideas, legislation for changes in the organization’s compendium, and the making of quality measures for AIESEC’s programs.
2. The Theme: Let’s go the Distance
The National Strategic Conference revolves around the theme of a fun and glorious Greek Summer. Making use of iconic Greek figures, shapes and textures, StratCon 2012 takes you into the environment of modern and ancient Greece.
Pagodas, laurel wreaths, shields and spears — StratCon brings you to the colloseum, wherein use of your intellect, strength, creativity and agility is required. Cyprus trees, coastlines and wide plains thus symbolize your triumphs and successes, and the sweet rewards that come with these. StratCon 2012 embraces the intellectual and competitive culture of Ancient Greece, coupled with the tranquil, summer feel of the tourist destination that it is today.
3. The Venue: Casa San Pablo in Laguna
Laguna is a province situated in Region IV-A (CALABARZON) of Luzon, southeast of Metro Manila, and is bordered by Rizal in the north, Quezon in the east, Batangas in the south and Cavite in the west. The capital is Santa Cruz and the city with the highest population is Calamba.
Laguna is notable for having a lot of tourist destinations including the Pagsanjan Falls, the University of the Philippines campus and the numerous hot springs and resorts in Los Baños and Calamba, Mount Makiling, the wood carving and paper mache town of Paete, and the Seven Lakes of San Pablo City.
About Casa San Pablo
Casa San Pablo is a bed and breakfast located in San Pablo City, at the heart of Laguna. It prides itself for its hospitality, sincerity and good cheer. Casa San Pablo features unique and classy facilities simulating the traditional Filipino home where you are the family guest. Although set with a rustic country feel, Casa San Pablo strikes a balance between the comfortable, warm and homey atmosphere for the perfect summer vacation, with the needed efficiency and variety for corporate or academic getaways.
Casa San Pablo also serves food cooked the traditional Laguna-way. Simple yet delicious and uplifting, the dishes they serve in this truly amazing place are products of time, love and affection. There is no refrigerator in Casa San Pablo but the marketplace is just around the corner which means all the food that is served are made from the finest and freshest ingredients Laguna can offer.
The Venue, the theme, and StratCon itself, no better way to spend time with your fellow AEISECers, right? What are you waiting for? Sign-up now!:http://www.stratcon2012.co.cc/
Let’s Go The Distance, AIESEC!
Information © Hans Aggabao VP for Public Relations of StratCon2012 and the National Strategic Conference 2012 Delegate Handbook
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